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NBC takes Lee back to school

Peacock takes on the former headbanger

Rocker Tommy Lee has signed up for Reality TV 101.

NBC has pacted with the former Motley Crue drummer for an untitled half-hour unscripted comedy in which Lee will enroll in college — and allow cameras to follow his every move. Skein will capture Lee’s complete university experience, from taking tests to those potential frathouse keggers.

Eddie October (“Bands Reunited,” “Wanda Does It”) will serve as exec producer and showrunner of the NBC Universal Television Studio skein. Lee will also exec produce, along with Brian Transeau (aka electronica star BT), Richard Bishop and Brad Wyman. Carl Stubner will be a co-producer.

Lee has been interested in a reality show for a while, industry insiders said, but had been searching for the right concept. The back-to-campus idea caught the attention of NBC’s alternative division, led by topper Jeff Gaspin and senior VP Craig Plestis.

Peacock and Lee’s camp are keeping quiet about the details of the CAA-packaged fish-out-of-water project, which has been given a series commitment. For his part, Lee is prepping for the October release of his autobiography, “Tommyland.”

Lee isn’t the first Motley Crue member to star in a reality show: Lead singer Vince Neil appeared in the first season of the WB’s “Surreal Life” (which moves to VH1 next month).

Before getting into reality TV, October produced several gabbers, including “Later With Greg Kinnear.”

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